It’s been quiet around here. Sorry. I was in Napa for a few days last week visiting a few wineries, tasting, spitting, and eating way too much. And I’ve been struggling to catch up with life ever since.
-Ten wineries in two days.
-Four vineyard tours in the freezing cold.
-Countless wines sipped and spit.
-Twenty-four purple teeth in my mouth.
-Three near-faintings due to low blood sugar as a result of the ambitious scheduling.
-One Robert Redford sighting (I almost tripped over him at Tra Vigne).
My favorites of the trip included a Coho Merlot from the Michael Black Vineyard, a Barbera from Nevada County (of all places), and a new Bordeaux blend from Tim Mondavi called Continuum. I was most inspired by the Frog’s Leap Winery and their integrity and stewardship of their land. Organically farmed vineyards, an organic vegetable garden for the employees, solar powered winery, truly wonderful people. Their Sauvignon Blanc has always been a favorite of mine.
You can see pics of my trip on my flickr page… if you’re so inclined.
On Sunday I drove down to Santa Barbara for practice. It was nice to see my instructor and for the first time since July I was able to practice my second series poses with him. He took me through Ardha Matsyendrasana and I loved it. Love that pose. He sat with me and taught me a few more pranayama techniques to work on that stuck spot in my spine. And at the end of practice, for the first time in a long time, I had that post-practice bliss. I still had the aches and pains that have been plaguing me for sometime, the achey hips and lower back… that feeling of restlessness seated somewhere in my sacrum… but when I ignored that, I felt calm, peaceful, centered.
It’s still quite cold here. On Sunday when I left my house at 6 am for Santa Barbara, my thermometer read 21 degrees F. Oh my.
I’ve decided to use my free plane ticket to go to Portland instead of New York. It was a difficult decision, but I miss my best friend very very much and I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance to see her again if I don’t take this opportunity. Of course, I may change my mind again in about a week or so. Who knows.